Ron English's Star Skull has been represented in many of his paintings and has become iconic to his work. Twisting society's view of mortality, the Star Skull very much signifies the "stars in our eyes"; society's undying obsession for fame and recognition that outlives our bodies.
English has been producing successful designer vinyl toy runs since 2006. As of right now Ron is in the middle of producing his "Cereal Killers" Series of designer vinyl toys. With a high demand for a 3 dimensional Star Skull, Ron is reaching out to you in hopes that he can produce the Star Skull before the completion of his current production series.
THE PROCESS - More goes into creating a designer vinyl toy than most think. Ron explains his work-in-progress process for the vinyl star skull below.
Ron starts by sculpting. He prefers to solve all problems he may run into in 3D before creating a turnaround drawing. He calls this his "crude sculpt" and does this so that the skull reads as "formed by nature" as opposed to "formed by a drawing".
Next Ron creates a turnaround drawing. In this case the turnaround is designed to show proportions of the character or as it rotates in space. This is a key element when manufacturing as it is the only way to communicate your vision from all angles properly.
Once the turnarounds are drawn, scanned and sent, the factory in China begins the sculpt. After the sculpt is approved by Ron, the mold is made and the photos of the prototype are sent to Ron for approval. Any necessary changes are made before production begins on the figures. The color prototypes are created and approved, and as production continues, the packaging is created by Ron and sent to the factory as a digital file. The last step is final approval on the finished, packaged figure, and then the slow boat from China brings the figures to the US for distribution.
With your help, we can bring the Star Skull to life. All sponsors will be rewarded with a unique gift depending on the value of their pledge. The rewards for this project include extremely rare prints and toys along with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Check them out below!
Risks and challenges
This is not Ron’s first production toy so he has already been through the trial and error and has determined which factory can produce quality vinyl in a timely manor. Although we have a reliable factory we understand that production can be delayed coming out of china at customs. We promise to keep all of our supporters and backers updated on any possible delays so you will always know where the project stands.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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